Five Things the New Minnesota Twins GM Needs To Do
The Minnesota Twins new general manager needs to show patience as the prospects develop.
The Twins have had bad luck recently with its top prospects not being major league ready.
It could be due to impatience from the front office. Another possibility is the front office is overrating the prospect’s numbers in the minors. It could even be the front office feeling pressure from the fans.
Regardless of what actually is the case, it’s rather pointless to speculate why certain prospects are skipping Triple-A.
What needs to change, however, is the analysis of the organization’s prospects.
The new general manager needs to remain unbiased and realize when a talented, young player still needs seasoning in minors.
The most recent example of a player brought up too soon is Byron Buxton.
Several Twins observers quickly labeled Buxton a bust, at 22-years-old.
As pointed out by a fellow baseball expert, in an alternate universe Buxton was drafted in the first round of this year’s June amateur draft.
Thankfully, the Twins have a long history of showing patience in its top prospects. Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune compares Buxton’s climb to the majors to past Twins stars. Names like Johan Santana, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau and more.
Baseball observers pay closer attention to the minor leagues compared to 15 years ago. Twins fans would react no differently if Hunter was the present day Buxton.
Thus patience from the front office will be key in developing its players, especially during a time when fans are quick to judge.
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